How Much Does It Cost to Reshaft a Driver?
Your driver will age with frequent use. As the club you pull out at the start of every game, it’s only expected. You may notice your swing speed has decreased or that something about your swing just feels off.
Sometimes, the solution is as simple as re-shafting your driver. You may be tempted to ditch your driver for a newer model, but that can be expensive, depending on the quality of the club. If you're looking to save money, reshafting your driver is an inexpensive alternative to give your favorite club a new lease on life.
Can Golf Drivers Be Reshafted?
The short answer is: yes, absolutely. It's not quite as easy as popping the old shaft out and screwing a new one in, but it is possible to put a new shaft on your favorite driver.
Some golf stores may offer reshafting as a service if you don't want to try your hand at doing it yourself. However, there may be a small charge associated.
If you do it yourself, it's not a simple 20-minute project; you should expect to spend at least a couple of hours on this project to do it well. You'll also need specific tools to make the job look professional and ensure the fix is durable.
How Often Should You Reshaft Your Golf Clubs?
There's no need to reshaft your clubs unless 1) you've broken the shaft, 2) you've noticed a minor fracture on the shaft, 3) you've noticed your swing speed declining, or 4) your swing is evolving/ improving, so you need a different shaft.
You'll notice a difference immediately if your shaft is broken or fractured. You'll have to get it fixed before you can continue golfing.
If your swing speed is declining, your shaft isn't stiff enough to withstand your swing speed. If you're just trying to get better at golf by increasing your swing speed, you'll need a stiffer shaft to withstand the increase in speed.
How Much Does It Cost to Put a Shaft on a Driver?
A better question is: how much are you willing to spend on the shaft and grip? There are budget options as well as professional options for a shaft.
Budget options can go as low as $25, while professional options can range upwards of $400. If you're an occasional golfer, you don't need the nicest shaft on the market. If you're a professional who gets paid to perform, a quality shaft is an investment in your livelihood.
These are just the costs associated with the physical materials, i.e., the shaft and grip. You also have to consider whether you want to take it to a shop or buy the tools to do it yourself.
Additional Costs of Driver Reshafting
You'll want several pieces of equipment to perform a successful, safe, professional-looking DIY reshaft. At the very least, you'll need heavy-duty gloves, a heat gun, a heavy-duty clamp, sandpaper, epoxy glue, a hacksaw, and a few other small items to make the job easier.
Most of these items are basic hardware store supplies and are not that expensive individually. But, if you don't already have any of these, buying all the equipment for this project will outweigh the money you'd save by not buying a new driver.
Should I Reshaft My Driver or Buy a New Driver?
Whether you should reshaft or buy a new driver is a personal decision. You’ll have to weigh the benefits beyond cost and decide whether you want to keep your current driver or upgrade to a different one.
Just like different shoes are used for different sports, different shafts offer different benefits. They have different flexes, or kick points, which is the part of the shaft that bends the most after you swing. The shaft's flex affects how high and far the ball goes when hit. If your shaft isn't stiff enough, you may not get enough distance on your swing. If it's too stiff, this could affect your swing as well.
Reshafting might restore the proper flex, but that also depends on how it performed for your swing before needing repairs. In some cases, it may be that your swing speed has improved since you initially purchased the driver, in which case it may be time for an upgrade.
If you're fond of your driver and want to give it a few more years of life, it's definitely worth the time and effort. If your club is closer to the “well-used” stage (7-8 years old), it may be a better investment to purchase a new driver altogether.
Another concern is your comfort with DIY projects. For a skilled worker, the project should take about an hour. For a first-timer, it may take closer to 3 hours. If you're feeling apprehensive or don't want to buy the necessary tools to complete the project, take it to a shop that will do it for you or purchase a new driver.
Is It Worth It to Reshaft a Driver?
Whether it’s worth it to reshaft a driver depends on how attached you are to your driver, your confidence in your skills, and your budget.No matter your decision, you’ll want suitable protection for your driver. Shop STITCH Golf today for professional-grade golf bags, head covers, and more.